A Graceful Gathering…..

We stumbled upon this conclave of Indian Antelope (Black Buck), in the park around Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra. You have got to love those long twisted horns!

I was particularly fascinated by the rapt attention the little white ‘guest speakers’ commanded! Wonder what they had to say that was so riveting?

Some serious tips on how to outwit stupid humans, who have hunted these graceful creatures down to endangered levels, perhaps?

Until next time…..happy travels, no matter where life takes you!

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

82 thoughts on “A Graceful Gathering…..

    1. We have quite a large herd here in Chennai in a deer park around the Raj bhavan. Haven’t been to see them in ages though.

    1. Most probably Cardinal. And they must be a hindrance when escaping from predators as well.

  1. I love how that sole antelope and cattle egret seemed to be having a private conversation. πŸ™‚

  2. Wow I am so delighted to see the beautiful black-buck one time (in ’60s) almost extinct! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. They are believed to be the chariot pullers of the moon God Chandra, in Hindu mythology Patti!

    1. Those horns are certainly beautiful to look at. But I wonder if they might slow them down as well Eric.

  3. You can imagine scenes like this all over during Akbar’s time – so sad that herds are now restricted to places like his mausoleum park! The spiral horns are romantic, really, so slim and straight, like a unicorn or a flourished rapier. I love that first shot, with the two sets of horns in a dual V and everyone oblivious and busy feeding.

    1. Thank you Meredith. That is my personal favourite as well.
      Our great kings might have contributed towards the decimation of their numbers. Hunting them still remains a clandestine sport for celebrities, when they can get away with it! Tribal watchdogs like the Bishnois are their saviours.

    1. Magnificent aren’t they? If you notice a couple of battle scarred bucks had one missing!

  4. yes, beautiful photos of graceful creatures, even the egrets look more attractive with such magnificent company!

    1. I was fascinated by how the egrets and the bucks seemed to be ‘talking’ to each other Christine πŸ™‚ Who knows, maybe they can….across species. Maybe we are the only ones who have lost the ability!

  5. So beautiful – those twisted horns are magnificent, but indeed the whole animal is. Almost all of them males? I wonder how that poor lonely female spends her days…

    1. They were more or less evenly matched Ann Christine. Perhaps even more skewed towards the female. Almost all in the gallery are males, but you missed the 15 does in the lone buck’s harem in my header πŸ™‚

  6. Wow! Thank you so much for bringing these beautiful, handsome, graceful, and precious Indian Antelope to us!

    1. Me too Gilly. The Cheetahs used by our kings to hunt them are long gone. Wonder how long these will last.

  7. Those horns are absolutely beautiful! I think the Egrets (is that what they are?) are telling the buck that they look divine πŸ™‚

  8. Now I went to the Home page and it looks the same. It must be silly me – it is the same theme, right?

    1. Ha, appreciate the overwhelming response dear Paula! I was equally overwhelmed when I saw them!
      Yes, it is still the same theme πŸ˜€

  9. I have given the page a second look and I love it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ A good choice!!!

  10. 16 of them on your header which reminds me – you’ve changed your theme, girl πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

    1. Notice all but one of the sixteen are female? R named that strutting stag, Akbar the Great πŸ˜€

  11. I am so happy with this post. What endearing creatures πŸ™‚ Thanks a million, Madhu πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Sally. You are right, they are cattle egrets commonly found co existing with water buffalo and deer.

  12. These are beautiful creatures and photos Madhu. I see on the list that they can be seen in Ranthambore National Park. This is the only Indian NP we’ve been to, and unfortunately, we didn’t see any black buck. As others have said, the corkscrew horns a very cool. ~James

    1. I think this is one of the most beautiful gazelles James. Strange that the Sikandra park doesn’t figure on that list! I have seen several in the Guindy park in Chennai.

  13. Those are lovely picture, Madhu. Their corkscrew horns are fascinating – I always think it gives them a lost look – faqirs lost in the view of other worlds. Your camera loves them. πŸ™‚

    1. Love the sound of “Faqirs lost in the view of other worlds”!! Thanks Meenakshi πŸ™‚

  14. This is gorgeous, Madhu! I just happened to be revisiting Paula and saw you there. We all seem to be stepping up our productivity! I was blaming the early dark nights in my part of the world but I don’t suppose the same can be said for you. It’s one of the peculiarities of blogging that so many of us are in different time frames. πŸ™‚

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